Beau Robinson has experienced a lot during his rugby union career but nothing can match the magnitude of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and its impact on sport.
The one-time Wallaby has shifted from coaching director to first grade coach at the Dubbo Kangaroos this year but what he describes as a "phenomenal" pre-season has been halted after the National Development Panel, Rugby Australia and state and territory member unions unanimously agreed to postpone all community rugby for over six weeks on Monday night.
That means no competitions or training sessions will be allowed to run in Central West Rugby Union (CWRU) or any other association until the first week of May at the earliest.
Prior to his return to Dubbo in more recent times, Robinson had been part of the Queensland Reds Super Rugby squad which had its pre-season turned upside down during the 2011 floods while that same year the competition also had to find a new home for the Crusaders following the devastating Christchurch earthquake.
Participation in the sport was able to continue during those two incidents, something which can't happen now.
"It's different and definitely not the same magnitude," Robinson said of the past issues.
The Roos' 2020 Blowes Clothing Cup campaign is scheduled to begin on April 18 while the Dubbo Rhinos' New Holland Agriculture Cup season start the same day.
The following weekend is a general bye for ANZAC day, meaning only one round would be missed if things stay as they are.
"That wouldn't be the end of the world," Robinson said.
"It gives everyone six or sevens weeks to prepare and I have no doubt [CWRU CEO] 'Tinky' [Matt Tink] can sort it out as at the moment they'd only be rescheduling one game."
Robinson was pleased Rugby Austalia had been so proactive but admitted the Roos club was "devastated" this weekend's trip to Tamworth for a set of trial games has had to be cancelled.
The bumper numbers at pre-season meant two senior games against the Pirates Rugby Club were to played alongside the women's and colts games.
"It's been phenomenal," Robinson said of pre-season.
"The most pleasing aspect is how hard they've been training and the leaders have been so impressive.
"They've stood up and initiated fair few things and really driven the culture and the work ethic.
"They've gone above and beyond what the coaching staff have wanted."
Shaun McHugh is one of the major leaders at the club who was singled out, while Sam Clemence, James Cleaver, Joe Masters, and Kim Fyfe were among the other praised by Robinson.
The former Wallaby also said Vince Gordon was one driving many of the sessions as Robinson had missed a handful due to work commitments.
Moa Kavaefiafi, back from time with the Geurie Goats, and Irishman Ronan Scott are new faces who have made a real impact as well since training began.
The Roos have lost Chris O'Shea, George Woods, and Angus Howard after they all moved from Dubbo.
With new faces in the playing ranks and behind the scenes, Robinson said the delayed start to the season could have benefits as there would be more time for talk around systems and structure.